Sounds Silly!!!!


Jul 15, 2001
We live in Spring Hill, Tennessee which is about an 11 hour drive and was thinking instead of paying 780.00 for 4 tickets we could save a lot of money by driving. Is this crazy? BTW, we have driven this trip many times but are concerned about the hoiday weekend. Thanks, Chip.


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May 17, 2000
We are thinking about driving 20 hrs from PA for 1st week of Dec
so no I don't think your nuts
We will do anything to get to disney
Go for it


DIS Veteran
Apr 7, 2001
Disnee Dad Says................................... An eleven hour drive, sometimes that just feels like a trip to work! By all means go for it.
The money you save pays for a room if you get lazy on the way back, and for much more!


Working towards the next trip!
Nov 13, 2001
How long would it take you to fly? Add in the drive to the airport, the time to park and get to the terminal, the two hour pre-flight suggestion, the flight itself, waiting for luggage (always last off the carousel) and it's almost 11 hours right there! :) Save your $780 for something fabulous - like a couple extra days at WDW!!!


DIS Veteran
Aug 21, 1999
ditto to what disboo said!
Think about the amount of time you actually spend flying.......from leaving your front door to arriving at WDW!!
For us from OH....We left our house at 2:30 and arrived at CBR at close to 9pm. So that is about 6 1/2 compared to a possible 18 hour drive. So for us....we fly.
But.......what if the flight is delayed, etc. Once it took almost 13 hours for us to get home.....cancelled flight, etc, etc,...
Also add in the cost of the rental car if you get one for the week, or the cost of taxi service to WDW from the airport.

IMHO if the drive is less that 10 hours, I would drive to save the money!


DIS Veteran
May 21, 2000
I just did an 11 hour trip with my two children. (teens) If I lived that close to WDW I wouldn't waste the $$$ it will take you about 6 to 7 hours all in to do the travel even if you fly. I think it will save you atleast 600 to drive and that isn't including the cost of the rental car. If you can share the driving you can do it straigt thru for sure. I was more nervous when my kids were driving than when I drove so it was really only some experience driving on an interstate for them. DH had to stay home so if he had been there it would have been much more enjoyable. I think a car trip can be a great time to strengthen the family bonds.


Jul 21, 2000
We live in Jonesborough, TN and the commute is 10 hours. We drove half way, spent the night in GA and then complete the trip the next day. We arrived around 2pm at WDW. On the way home we drove straight through! Next time I might stop on the way home too!

BTW - when are you going?

Kim in TN

Disney & Dachshund Lover Lurks daily, posts rarel
Aug 19, 1999
We live in Pulaski TN, and we have drove the past 2 times and will this do so this September. If you could avoid the big towns at rush hour, or drive in the evening/ early morning hours, that would eliminate some of the holiday traffic.

Nice to see fellow Tennesseans!


Pooh Girl 71

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Jul 21, 2002
It's about 10 hrs or so for us. We are driving at night the next time we go. I am borrowing the video in a bag (from my parents) in case the child wakes up. It's not a bad drive.

Bob NC

DIS Veteran<br><font color="red">I am a trained pr
Mar 3, 2000
Last time we drove we left the house at 2:40 pm and arrived at the Hilton at DD at 11:35 pm.

Last time we flew we left the house at 5:30 pm and arrived at AKL at around midnight.

By flying we saved 2 and a half hours....Then we spent $200 on a rental car.

I say drive.


DIS Veteran
Apr 6, 2001
We live in OH. Left at 7:00 and got to our hotel by 11:45. For us it would take a day down and back plus you feel wiped out from the long drive. We vowed to NEVER drive again after doing it the first time.


DIS Veteran
Apr 29, 2001
I live about 9 - 10 hours from DLR and drive down every trip. I wouldn't think twice about driving. $780 is a (short) trip in itself.

colleen costello

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Jul 23, 2002
We never fly. even before maniacs were taking over planes, I was chicken. Nowadays thats OK because it is SO CHEAP to drive.

I live in Bloomington IN and have two little kids, and we do fine -- 16 hours. You have a choice. You can do one long day or two short. We do two days. We drive MOST of the way the first day and stay in Macon or Valdosta. There are nice, clean, inexpensive hotels all over -- I stay in a little Best Western in Macon for $49. We get in late, watch a little tv, and get to bed. Up early the next morning, free breaskfast, and off we go. We usually get to Mickey right around check-in time.

We save so much money by driving, and I am spoiled by always having my OWN transportation when vacationing. We often go off-property for meals, which saves money too. Gas plus a few fast-food meals plus hotel NEVER comes close to the cost of tickets for 4. The money saved means some years we can visit Mickey TWICE!

Try it! I hate the hassle of the airlines and love being my own "pilot." We come and go when WE are ready and I promise you, you will LOVE having a vehicle at WDW. Good luck! :D


Ultimate Pooh Lover!
Feb 16, 2000
What Holiday weekend are you going? What days are you planning on driving? We live just outside Kingsport TN and we have made the trip down several times. Sometimes we will do it in two days, leaving in the evening and stopping in GA and then others we drive straight thru (10 hrs) It's a fairly easy drive. Not alot of major cities to contend with. $800 is a lot of Disney dollars...compared to maybe 200.00 round trip for you save on a rental car!


<font color=blue>Will work for a chance to live at
Feb 24, 2001
Mt. Juliet, TN, here, and we always drive! The drive is part of the fun of the trip!!


Jun 10, 2002
I say go for it! 11 hours is not a bad trip to take in one day. My DH, DS's (1 & 4) and myself are driving for the first time and I'm kind of excited to have some family time in the car. From MI, it's a 21 hour trip, so we will take 2 days to make the trip.

Last year it took us about 8 hrs. from the time we got to the airport to getting to the hotel. But that trip cost us about $400 more than what we plan on spending on this "driving trip".


DIS Veteran
Feb 2, 2002
Hi Chip64!
We live in LaVergne, so about one hour further away than you. We had planned to drive for our upcoming trip in September, but when when SWA came out w/ their $39 each way flights we decided to fly. However, it's just the 2 of us this time and we just wanted to be at WDW as quickly as possible!

We are taking our kids next May. Flying is out of the question for that trip. Besides being too expensive, I'll want our vehicle and our car seats at our disposal. Waiting for hours at the airport with 2 little kids doesn't appeal to me much, either. We are planning to do 2 days each way for the trip and just enjoy each others' company in car (LOL, if you call "When are we gonna beeee there?" 15 times an hour enjoyable!).;)

Have a great trip!

Lisa P.

Peaceful, Worshipful, Joyful
Aug 27, 1999
From the mountains, it takes us about 11-12 hours to drive to WDW, including 2 stops for light meals. For a solo trip or a trip of 3 nights or less, a flight is worth the money. Otherwise, we always drive our van. Our kids have reclining seats and plenty of space, walkman cassette players, gameboys and favorite books. They've been fine with this since they were 7, 5 & 5.

I've driven the kids myself during the daytime, straight through, but it's way easier when DH is with us. Then he starts driving in the evening, I take the midnight to 6AM stretch, and he finishes with the morning driving. We've driven longer trips now that the kids are older (13, 11 & 11) and they've done so well on them (up to 16 hours in a day) that we're considering a cross-country road trip soon. :D

A few tips:
  • let each child bring a backpack of toys/games/cassette tapes & player
  • pack a small, soft cooler with drink boxes & favorite snacks
  • do not allow the questions, "when" or "how long?" - don't answer, just smile
  • show the kids a map ahead of time: they can follow along & look for "welcome to..." signs
  • bring a lap blanket & small pillow for each - sofa pillows are good
  • consider driving for at least part of the trip while they'd normally sleep
  • borrow a car tv/vcr if you can & bring tapes
Hope that helps! :cool:

Jordan's MOM

DIS Veteran
Jun 23, 2001
We are about 11 hours away and we debated the drive-fly issue on our first trip. Never again. The drive is just too easy to pay out that kind of money. We have a honda and get great gas milage, drive straight through and eat sandwiches for lunch. We could not really afford to fly on the first trip and even though we now could, I choose to use the money somewhere else. Next trip it goes toward our first deluxe.

Jordan's mom


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